Karen is doing well. She's sleeping soundly whilst hooked up to her chemo pump for the 10th time. Last week chemo was canceled in favour of giving Karen some time to recuperate. Karen's CEA was down to 72 as of last Monday, Sept 24th. No blood was taken today and so we'll wait until next time for a new CEA.
The next session will be in three weeks on October 22nd.
The 10th chemo in the 10th month! I can't believe it has been 10 treatments and over 20 weeks since we started "life with cancer". Chemo's cumulative effect is exacting a heavy toll on K's body. This has been a summer filled with many chaotic highs and lows and one we will not soon forget.
With everything going on I am long overdue in thanking people. Sarah who has been with us literally since the first visit to the emergency room took Karen to chemo today. Thanks Sarah, we'd be lost without you. Also to Karen's Mom who looked after her grandchildren today (and likely tomorrow also). Thank you. To Kate and Chris who took the kids out Saturday allowing us both to get some rest. Many thanks.
Lastly, it may not seem like much but the notes, emails, phone calls and so on from family and strangers alike really do help keep Karen going. Although we are 10 treatments in we are not out of the woods yet.
I understand folks don't know what to do and perhaps imagine we'd rather be left alone but it is always welcomed whenever we do get a call or email. So thanks to all for that.